What time is the Neil Gorsuch confirmation vote? Here's when to expect the Senate results.

What time is the Neil Gorsuch confirmation vote? Here's when to expect the Senate results.

Neil Gorsuch — President Donald Trump's nominee to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Antonin Scalia in early 2016 — is expected to be confirmed by the Senate on Friday in a vote at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

The conservative judge will likely ascend to the nation's highest court after Senate Republicans for the first time invoked the "nuclear option," changing the rules for confirming a Supreme Court nominee to bypass a Democratic filibuster against Gorsuch.

"America's faith in the integrity of the court and the trust of the rule of law will suffer," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate floor before the 52-48 vote. "The cooling saucer of the Senate will get considerably hotter. The 60-vote threshold is a hallmark of the Senate. It fosters compromise; it fosters bipartisanship."

But Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, charged that Democrats used the "nuclear option" — which was the only way Republicans could bring Gorsuch's confirmation to an up-or-down vote — in 2013, when Barack Obama was president.

McConnell said Thursday that the move will not get rid of the legislative filibuster, but it appears to have set a precedent for the confirming of Supreme Court nominees.

Obama had nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court after Scalia's sudden death, but Republicans obstructed the nominee. Democrats oppose Gorsuch, a Colorado judge, for his conservative, "originalist" judicial philosophy and, as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) put it, for "interpret[ing] the law in a theoretical bubble, completely detached from the real world."